Mobilization of Telepsychiatry in Response to COVID-19—Moving Toward 21st Century Access to Care

Jacob T. Kannarkat, Noah N. Smith, Stephen A. McLeod-Bryant

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The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt the provision of mental health services. In response, policymakers, administrators, and providers have taken bold steps toward enabling telepsychiatry to bridge this sudden gap in care for our most vulnerable populations. With rapid deregulation and adoption of this modality of care, careful consideration of issues related to policy and implementation is essential to maximize its effectiveness and mitigate unintended consequences. Though the crisis places the healthcare system under strain, it sets the stage for a lasting shift in not only how care is delivered, but also our beliefs around the system’s capacity for rapid, innovative change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-491
Number of pages3
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • Disaster
  • Pandemic
  • Policy
  • Telepsychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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